Cricket club reopens – how long before action on the field follows?
Barnard Castle Cricket Club
THE club will re-open on Saturday when the Government’s Covid-19 regulations are eased. The doors will open for the first time since March at 2pm.
David Sparrow, the club chairman, said: “The committee has thought long and hard about this over the last fortnight since it became clear that the restrictions may be lifted. We feel that as a key part of the Barney community we should be there for the community in these very difficult times.”
Initially, the club will open only at weekends – Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – and will review days and opening times regularly. This Sunday the opening times will be from 1pm to 8pm.
A strict procedure of how customers will be served has been drawn up to meet all government guidelines.
“We have carried out a full risk assessment and will observe all the necessary rules to ensure that all our staff and customers stay safe,” said Mr Sparrow.
“If everyone follows these at all times then we think it should work well.”
Customers will be met on entry and shown to a table either outside or inside the club. They will be asked for their name and contact details which will be kept for 21 days. Orders for drinks will be taken and these will be served at table. Tables will be placed to comply with social distancing regulations. Payment will be by contactless card only.
“No doubt it will seem strange at first, but for the time being it is the new normal,” said Mr Sparrow. “We are very keen to welcome people back.”
The club expects to hear whether cricket itself will start soon. No official Government guidance has been issued yet but it is widely expected that a start date of July 11 may be agreed.